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Saturday (Afternoon) August 24th 

Saturday August 24th: Achtemarack, Drumnadrochit.  iJOS & STS training for TD4/5.  The map is also the current iROMP. 



  • Contour work, visualisation, map contact
  • Line course, star and loop exercises (up to 7km worth for the keen).

Directions: We are parking on the forestry road at NH471313 Streetmap here.  From Drumadrochit head on the A831 towards Cannich.  A few 100m after the Beauly turn (A833) take the forestry road at Polmaily on the right.  There is a tarmaced parking bay/turning area here and an open gate leading onto the forestry road (Google maps to this turn off).  Parking is 1 mile along this forestry road.  Keep following the road up hill for just under 1 mile.  The road will then start going down hill, and after about 250m parking is in a large turning area on the left, just before a bridge over a stream.  Will put a kite on the end of the forestry road.

What to bring: Running gear, water and snack.  Jumper/jacket. Forest is wet underfoot.

Safety: Full leg cover - ticks.  Wear a whistle.  We recommend carrying your mobile phone when training (full O2 coverage checked), as there are only a few people in the forest. Have a watch so you know when to come back. 

Nearest toilets: Drumndrochit public car park several miles away (NB Drum Highland Games are on - so will be busy).  Go before you come.

Contact: James 07766600989


INVOC Coaching and Training Series 2019

The Spring series has begun with a great session kindly made available to us by ScotJOS. (See below)

There are three INVOC sessions and two squad sessions which we have been invited to.  INVOC sessions are suitable for yellow to black standard orienteers - subject to coach availability.

Based on responses to the coaching survey club coaching/training will occur on the follow dates.  Apologies to those that can’t make a date, but there were no perfect dates.  Coaches’ availability was also limited too.

  • Fri 15th Feb & Sat Feb 16th: iJOS and Senior Training Squad (STS). 
    • Night training proved useful for the upcoming British Night champs Deeside.  Saturday AM was close map contact work in the challenging complex Inshriach.  In the afternoon we did downhill training to mimic running under pressure.  Us adults were pretty slow though as the pressure was on not to break a bone it was so rough!  The juniors seemed to not notice how rough it was and did some good TD4/5 controls.  Lovely views on the walk up!  We all learned a lot and it enthused us to do more training


  • Sat March 2nd : Craig Leach. All the training groups had some fun in Craig Leach, before the rain/sleet came on.  Eagle Eyes worked on decision points and Talons on Relocation.  iJOS worked on intricate contors and map contact.  Map extract from the TD5 group below.

  • Sat March 23rd: Talons & iJOS.  North Area training in Deeside courtesy of MAROC. 6 INVOC juniors had a fun day out.  They trained with juniors from other North Area Clubs and had fun with games and relay races in the afternoon.  We even had the sun shining for us!


Sun April 7th : Cullaird Wood/Ness Castle, Inverness.  All training groups up to light green plus a TD4/5 course for those wanting to do their own training. 


  • Sat May 18th: Achnasoul & Tower Wood.   All training groups.  
  • Eagle Eyes, Talons, Adult TD3: focused on contour interpretation
  • iJOS & STS: Focussed on orienteering with distractions and under pressure.  Simulated through head to head racing on a relay/gaffled course.



Training Squads

New this year we are using training squads to communicate with those club members who wish to train.  If you wish to join a training squad please email Jacquie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There are four training squads: the Senior Training Squad and three junior training squads. The four squads are:

  • Senior Training Squad (M/W 20+, improvers to elite)
  • iJOS - training squad for M/W18- running at TD4 & TD5 standard
  • Talons Training Squad  (up to TD3).  
  • The Eagle-Eyes training squad for the TD2 juniors (up to yellow standard)

 You can see who has signed up to the training squads here (as of end of Jan 2019).

Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.  You can join in with a coach led session as a helper or you can consider training as a coach.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

The coaches are happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We have a * Star * Award system which enables juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Regular coaching attendance is required to complete this.  

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50